After a daylong hearing Friday in the case of a 15-year-old boy charged in last year’s fatal assault at The Great Frederick Fair, a judge will wait until next week to announce whether the teen will be tried as an adult.
Sheriff’s deputies and prosecutors have indicated the 15-year-old delivered the final blow in the assault that killed 59-year-old Mount Airy resident John Weed on Sept. 20 and the juvenile faces charges of manslaughter, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.
The teen’s older brother was also charged with two counts of second-degree assault: one for the initial assault on Weed and another for spitting on Weed after he fell to the ground, according to previous stories published in The Frederick News-Post. Prosecutors filed motions against both boys arguing that they should be tried as adults.
Earlier this week, Judge Julie Stevenson Solt announced her decision not to move the 16-year-old’s case to adult court, and Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. heard arguments in the 15-year-old’s case in a sealed courtroom for most of the day Friday, according to a press release issued by the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office shortly after 7 p.m.
Closing arguments lasted until 6:35 p.m. and Nicklas told attorneys he would issue his decision by the end of next week, the release states.